Last week Nokia polled smartphone customers on their favorite input method. Not surprisingly, users in North America gave a 47.22% favor towards touchscreen-only devices. Whereas, their European and Asian counterparts highly favored QWERTY keyboards.
To put this in perspective, in the Philippines, which has the fastest growing smartphone market in Asia, the picture looks like this: QWERTY keyboard was selected by 40% of respondents, touchscreen by 30%, while number keypad and voice command each got support of 15%.
For sometime now people (at least in North America) have been calling BlackBerry’s way of keeping the physical keyboard a live to be an ‘old’ character trait. Though, it seems BlackBerry has had it right all along, even Nokia helped prove it.